When it is OnePlus, we only think of premium smartphones that are being offered at a higher price. Since the discontinuation of OnePlus X (launched in 2015), the Chinese OEM never bothered to offer anything in the mid-range category. However, the latest leaks coming up from 91mobiles and @OnLeaks suggest that OnePlus might launch an affordable version of their flagship smartphone in the first half of 2020 known as OnePlus 8 Lite.
We have previously come across OnePlus 8 Pro flagship phone renders that suggest it could have a dual punch-hole display that would accommodate two selfie cameras just like Samsung Galaxy S10+, 5G network support, and an all-new quad rear camera setup. The phone is rumoured to have a lot of similarities with OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7T Pro.
However, the leaked images of OnePlus 8 Lite suggest a model with a flat display measuring 6.4 or 6.5 inches, a selfie camera in a centred punch-hole cut-out, a dual rear camera enclosed in a rectangular module on the top left, an LED flash, a ToF (Time of Flight) sensor. The renders reveal a design with a thickness of 8.6 mm or 0.34 inches, and it looks very similar to Samsung’s yet-to-be-released Galaxy S11, Note 10 Lite, and the Galaxy A91. Interestingly, the bottom of the frame shows only a USB-C port and no headphone jack.
Many are wondering what compromise OnePlus would make to manufacture OnePlus 8 Lite at a lower cost, thereby making it much affordable than the flagship models such as OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Firstly, the screen size of the rendered phone is a bit lower than the OnePlus 7T (6.55-inch) and OnePlus 7T Pro (6.67-inch). Secondly, OnePlus 8 Lite is expected to have dual rear cameras instead of triple rear cameras in OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T series. Thirdly, the rendered phone doesn’t have any fingerprint sensor at the back, so there is a high possibility that it could come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Apart from these three, there could also be a compromise on the RAM and processor of OnePlus 8 Lite to bring it at a lower price. As far as OnePlus’ promise of offering 90Hz refresh rate displays on all its flagship models is concerned, we are not yet sure how that would fit in the budget.